Considerations for Healthcare Site Development – Part 1

Education, research, and evaluations are necessary tools for balancing human needs with those of nature. SPROUT offers resources to inform and facilitate the design process with our clients.

This course examines how evidence based design models can be used to develop healthcare sites to reduce stress and improve medical outcomes.  Design collaboration is explored in creating a setting, way finding and using nature as an active and passive treatment modality inside and out of the building.

Specific examples of how outdoor spaces both in their own right and in relationship to indoor spaces can include elements found by Dr. Roger Ulrich at Texas A & M University to reduce stress by fostering a sense of control, encouraging exercise and social support and immersing the patient in stress reducing nature and other positive distractions.

This study is based on the premise that a restorative environment is crafted by a careful arrangement of a variety of sensory, psychological and natural stimuli in an effort to trigger the following responses:

To bring the visitor to the moment by connecting to something outside the body (a sensory experience or connection with nature)
To bring the visitor to an awareness of an environment bigger than “the problem” to regain a sense of perspective and control (psychological stimulus)
A specific study of how healing and therapeutic gardens and outdoor spaces are crafted includes a star design guide for a balanced experience which includes: intellectual, physical, cultural, spiritual and social opportunities within a garden.

Finally, an overview is presented of specific programming opportunities those gardens in healthcare facilities present and how the gardens and programs can be funded and supported.

One hour CEU credit available for Architects

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